An Italian court ordered Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and his girlfriend Daisy, to testify in a counterfeiting case. The court summons cites Titti, Paperino, Paperina, Topolino - the Italian names for the characters.
Instead of naming only the companies and their legal representatives, clerks also wrote in the witness list the names of the cartoons.
"Unfortunately they cannot show up, as they are residents of Disneyland," Sorotto joked in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. "It certainly pleased us that the characters were considered real, because that's what we try to do."
The Naples court will have to rewrite the summons, although this will probably delay the trial, said Disney lawyer Cristina Ravelli.
"Let's hope the characters will not be prosecuted for failing to appear," Ravelli quipped.
Calls seeking comment from Warner Bros. in Milan were not immediately returned. Phones at the Naples court were not answered Tuesday. http://apnews.excite.com/article/200...D8TAPEG80.html
i think someone was drinking to much wine